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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ENVIRONMENT

Dubai may get first Arab geo-city status next year

Posted on 26/11/2006

Dubai could become a 'geo-city' to help monitor environmental damage and better deal with waste, and the rapid development of the city. Geo-city reports, launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1995, provide a comprehensive review of the planet's state of the environment, identifies major concerns, trends and emerging issues together with their causes and their social and economic impacts. The UNEP Division of Early Warning and Assessment (UNEP-Dewa) started the Global ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Shell sign agreement on greenhouse gas emission

Posted on 09/11/2006

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company ADFEC, wholly-owned by Mubadala Development Company, has signed an agreement with Shell to jointly develop projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and monetise the resulting emission reduction credits under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol. ADFEC and Shell will target CDM projects focusing on energy and industry in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, drawing upon Abu Dhabi's energy legacy and Shell's technical ...  >>MORE

An environment for future generations

Posted on 21/10/2006

The UAE is taking the right steps to protect its environment and the eco system, the Minister of Environment and Water has said. In an exclusive interview with Gulf News, Dr Mohammad Saeed Al Kindi also answered wide-ranging questions on animal welfare and illegal trading in protected species. He also shed light on steps to improve the living conditions of fishermen and to help them continue their trade. Gulf News: What do you see as the five most important sectors that must be expanded ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi school gets first station to check air quality

Posted on 02/10/2006

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi yesterday installed its first fixed Air Quality Monitoring Station at a local school as part of the Abu Dhabi Air Quality Management Project. The project, under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, includes a network of 10 fixed stations and two mobile stations emirate-wide. The installation would be over by the first quarter of 2007. The site for the installation of the first fixed station, according to EAD, was ...  >>MORE

Mobile veterinary clinic aims to contain disease

Posted on 12/09/2006

Containing animal diseases before they spread to humans is one of the goals behind the launch of the UAE's first mobile veterinary clinic fleet. "The timely discovery of any possible viral attack on animals in the country to avoid it being consumed by residents [is expected to be the largest impact of our clinics],” said Mohanned Awad, Group Marketing Officer of Concorde-Corodex Group. "For example the recent bird flu attack which was felt on a global scale. This mobile clinic has the ...  >>MORE

Environment protection 'crucial to development'

Posted on 05/09/2006

The UAE is continuing its efforts towards environmental protection, knowing that along with economic and social advancement, it is one of the pillars of sustainable development, says senior official. Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, after inaugurating the three-day workshop on Reporting Methodologies on Article 3.14 of the Kyoto Protocol, said the UAE works together with the international ...  >>MORE

UAE, S. Korea discuss environmental cooperation

Posted on 28/08/2006

Assistant Director General for Public Projects Affairs at the Dubai Municipality, Engineer Esa Al Midor, received in Dubai yesterday at his office a South Korean delegation made up of officials from the Korean Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. During the meeting, they discussed ways to boost joint cooperation between the Dubai Municipality and South Korean companies operating in the area of environmental and sea ports management. Al Midor told the visitors that all local and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi plans to embrace clean vehicle fuel

Posted on 27/08/2006

After five to six years, 20 per cent of government-owned vehicles and taxis will run on natural gas in Abu Dhabi, according to an Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) report. The report, which was published in the latest edition of the agency's quarterly magazine Al Dhabi, noted that significant improvements in Abu Dhabi's air quality can be expected, particularly in urban areas, if there is a move towards using clean fuel. The report also identifies taxis, buses and government-owned ...  >>MORE

EAD calls for greener thinking when it comes to building

Posted on 13/08/2006

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has called for "greener" thinking when it comes to building and design in the UAE. The call was carried in the Agency's third issue of its quarterly Al Dhabi. The issue features informative articles on the future of building 'green' in the UAE, cleaner transportation as well as updates on the latest hot topics in the field of environment. It also explores the alternative cleaner fuels available out there and their benefits to human health, the ...  >>MORE

Sama Dubai Honored For Environmental Leadership

Posted on 28/06/2006

Sama Dubai, the international real estate investment and development arm of Dubai Holding, has been honored by Emirates Marine Environment Group (EMEG) for its ongoing efforts to preserve the environment and drive sustainable development practices in the UAE?s construction and real estate sectors. The award specifically recognizes Sama Dubai?s work in protecting the natural fauna at the Dubai Industrial City (DIC), a Dubai Holding project, by conducting project-specific environmental plans ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi takes measures to save fragile desert ecosystem

Posted on 26/06/2006

The serious loss of desert wilderness worldwide is being stemmed on a small scale in the UAE, through an initiative to have more desert tracts protected as natural reserves. "The Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi [EAD] is currently working to establish a protected areas system plan representing different habitats and ecosystems of the emirate,” said EAD Secretary General Majid Al Mansouri. The goal, he said, is the reservation of 15 per cent of the emirate's landscape, for integrated ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to have first State of Environment Report by November 2006

Posted on 06/06/2006

The first State of Environment Report for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi will be launched in November 2006, announced the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD).The announcement came during a workshop, being held from June 5- 10, 2006, on Lessons Learnt on Successful State of Environment Reporting at EAD. The report identifies and analyzes key issues in environmental areas according to each of their Drivers, Pressures, State, Impact and Response, also known as the United Nations Environment Programme ...  >>MORE

UAE marks World Environment Day

Posted on 05/06/2006

The UAE is marking the World Environment Day, which falls on Monday with Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, Minister of Environment touting his country's anti-desertification drive as a model for others to follow suit. In an address on the occasion, Al Kindi said the international event "is an opportunity for all of us to invest and join forces at local and regional levels to work out an approach to environment issues with particular emphasis on desertification. He said desert encroachment drought ...  >>MORE

Oil industry urged to give more attention to disposal of chemicals

Posted on 22/05/2006

The oil and gas sector is demanded to lend more attention and focus to policies and programmes dealing with sound, integrated management and disposal of chemical materials, a senior UAE environmental official underlined yesterday. 'The oil and gas industry is required to be very selective in regards to selection of chemical materials up to the safe disposal of them with the purpose of striking the optimum degree of balance between the environment considerations and requirements of ...  >>MORE

UAE committed to environment-friendly development: Al Kindi

Posted on 15/05/2006

The UAE is anxious to see that its socioeconomic development has no negative impact on the local and regional environment, said UAE Minister of Environment and Water, Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi. "Our commitment to sustainable development makes its incumbent upon us to provide citizens with environment-friendly sources of energy and intensify anti-desertification efforts", Dr. Al Kindi said in his inaugural speech at the environment-friendly energy symposium which opened yesterday. "We ...  >>MORE

Khalifa revises articles on federal environment law

Posted on 08/05/2006

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a federal law amending articles No.(12) and (83) of the federal law No (24) for 1999 on the protection and development of the environment. The revised article No (12) read as follow:'It is prohibited to hunt, kill or capture birds, wild or marine animals identified in the appendixes No. (1) for mammals, (2) for birds and (3) for reptiles. And it is forbidden to possess, transport, sell or roam with these animals- live or dead - ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to carry out major soil survey

Posted on 30/04/2006

The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) has signed a Dh24 million contract with an Australian firm for a soil survey, which involves satellite images, soil analyses and land mapping. The contract was signed between by Majid Al Mansouri, EAD Secretary-General and Dr Stewart Routledge, Middle East Director of GRM International of Australia. The project will be carried out in partnership with the Dubai-based International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), with which EAD signed an ...  >>MORE

UAE has highest 'ecological footprint'

Posted on 02/04/2006

The UAE has the highest "ecological footprint" in the world with the US and Canada taking the second and third places, said the manager of the National Accounts Programme of the Global Footprint Network, Justin Kitzes, according to a report in The Gulf Today. "Ecological Footprint is the measurement of the area of productive land and ecosystem services available to us in comparison to what we actually use and extract from the environment," he said at a lecture organised by the Emirates ...  >>MORE

Stepping on eco-friendly gas

Posted on 20/03/2006

Eco-friendly cars will soon ply on Sharjah and Abu Dhabi roads, according to a senior Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority official. The cars will be converted to run on natural gas and motorists will pay only Dh4 for a gallon, he said. Petrol presently costs Dh6.25 per gallon for special and Dh6.75 for super. A workshop manager and inventor told Gulf News the natural gas vehicles do not give off carbon emissions and are at least 30 per cent more economical than petrol vehicles. But he ...  >>MORE

Environmental awareness programme launched in schools

Posted on 13/02/2006

An environmental awareness programme that educates students about the UAE's natural environment has once again been launched for the academic year in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Around 125,000 students from government and private schools participated in the programme last year and organizers and sponsors say they are very pleased with the positive response from teachers, parents and the students themselves, according to a press release. The programme, entitled 'The Enviro-Spellathon', was ...  >>MORE

UAE leading the way to save the planet

Posted on 08/02/2006

The UAE's persistent efforts on conservation and protection of the environment show the rest of the world how an oil producing state can be a leader in initiatives that are aimed at preserving the planet for our next generations, a UAE daily paper reported yesterday. 'As it hosts the largest ever gathering of environment officials from around the planet, the UAE today shows real leadership in the most vital issue of all saving the planet,' wrote the 'Gulf News'. Commenting editorially on the ...  >>MORE

Environment protection is a 'key issue for UAE'

Posted on 08/02/2006

Environment protection is the key issue in the UAE's policies for sustainable development, said Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Midfa, Minister of Health. He said the UAE has focussed on environment protection while implementing its comprehensive development plans. "It has realised long ago the important relation between environment and development, and it kept pace with international efforts to protect environment to achieve sustainable development," said Al Midfa while speaking at the opening ...  >>MORE

UNEP meetings opened in Dubai

Posted on 05/02/2006

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the 9th Special Session of the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Governing Council and the Global Ministerial Environment Forum were opened in Dubai yesterday by Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Madfa, Minister of Health. Al Madfa delivered the keynote speech in which he outlined UAE's role in promoting principles of sustainable development, saying that the country had ...  >>MORE

UAE is a pioneer in the field of environmental protection: Madfa

Posted on 04/02/2006

The UAE has gone a long way in the area of environmental protection, said Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Madfa, Minister of Health and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Environmental Agency (FEA). In a statement on the occasion of the 9th Environmental Day, Al Madfa said the UAE leadership attached a greater importance to environmental protection since the early days of the UAE federation, a forthright vision that laid the foundation for the establishment of several environmental bodies ...  >>MORE

More than 150 world leaders to attend Zayed Prize

Posted on 04/02/2006

More than 150 global leaders will attend the third edition of the six-day Zayed International Prize for Environment (ZIPE) beginning on Friday. His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Dr Klaus Topfer, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), who is also the chairman of the ZIPE Jury, will honour the winners of the third edition at a ceremony at the Dubai International Convention Centre on ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to free water of chemical

Posted on 02/01/2006

Residents of Abu Dhabi may look forward to healthier living. The authorities have started work on freeing drinking water of high levels of bromate, a chemical thought to cause cancer in humans. The final date to start the procedure in the UAE was December 31, 2005, set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), said a statement from Environment Agency Abu Dhabi yesterday. Officials stressed that the risk of cancer from bromate is very low but its exact role in causing the disease is yet ...  >>MORE

Two UAE projects win total US$12,000 Ford grants

Posted on 27/12/2005

The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) and Emirates Diving Association (EDA), two Dubai-based non-profit organisations dedicated to protecting the local environment, have been awarded USUS$7,000 and USUS$5,000 respectively from this year's Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants programme. EEG will use the Grant to fund a workshop that will educate teachers on the impact of humans on the environment, it is hoped that the lessons will be passed on to thousands of students. ...  >>MORE

EEG receives Ford Grant

Posted on 24/12/2005

Emirates Environmental Group ( EEG) has been selected as one of the 13 recipients of the prestigious Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grant for the year 2005, it was announced last Wednesday. EEG's proposal under the category of environmental education was selected from numerous projects all over the region. This is the second time EEG is receiving a grant from Ford. The grant will provide support to EEG's project entitled "Teachers' Capacity Building on Ecological ...  >>MORE

EAD and UNESCO to educate Arab youngsters on water

Posted on 06/12/2005

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), the UAE National Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UNESCO Amman Office are jointly organizing a preparatory expert meeting to prepare for the launching of the 1st Regional Flagship Project on Water for ASPnet (UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network) Schools in the Arab Region, from December 6 - 7, 2005. Experts in the meeting will aim to draft an awareness project to be implemented in ...  >>MORE

Environmental assessment report to be ready by end 2006

Posted on 28/11/2005

The first integrated environmental assessment report for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is planned for delivery by end of 2006 Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General of Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, EAD, said at the SoE Training Workshop jointly organized in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNEP). Al Mansouri said in his opening speech that the report will be a comprehensive document that examines in detail the state of Abu Dhabi's Environment across a range of topics ...  >>MORE

Laws that deal with development and use of coastal areas are to be updated, Al Mansouri

Posted on 28/11/2005

The First International Conference on Coastal Zone Management and Engineering in the Middle East ((ArabianCoast 2005)) got underway on Sunday with calls from speakers to pay more attention to seashores and coastal areas while undertaking ambitious development projects there. The event was formally inaugurated by Eng. Hussein Lootah, Assistant Director General of Dubai Municipality for Environment and Public Health Affairs, who noted that the municipality was keen on studying modern concepts ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency unveils revamped website

Posted on 20/11/2005

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi - has unveiled a revamped and improved website featuring a fresh design, e-services and a section on Bird flu providing Internet users with yet another reliable source of information on the environment. The website is currently available fully in English and Arabic and can be viewed at http://www.ead.ae. Streamlined and aimed at effective user interface, the website features a special ...  >>MORE

EAD signs agreement with UNEP to develop West Asia GEO Portal

Posted on 09/11/2005

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has signed an agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to develop and implement a West Asia Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Portal. Moreover, UAE University has signed on as a partner in the development and commissioning of the portal, according to a press release. This portal would serve as an authoritative source for datasets used by UNEP and its partners in the GEO process and other integrated assessments. It would be an ...  >>MORE

UAE-Germany sign MoU for environmental cooperation

Posted on 11/09/2005

The UAE and Germany signed yesterday a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the area of environment ,which comprised exchange of information, direct contacts and exchanged visits by specialized experts in both countries. The MoU which was signed on behalf of the UAE by Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Madfa, Minister of Health and Chairman the Federal Environment Authority and for Germany by Magritte Verlof, Deputy Federal Minister for Environment, Protection of Nature and Nuclear Plants. The ...  >>MORE

UAE has overcome problems associated with urbanisation

Posted on 30/08/2005

The UAE has succeeded in overcoming the basic problems associated with urbanisation by the virtue of its wealth, which has been employed in accordance with the wise policy it has adopted in various economic, social and environmental domains. Salim Al Dhaheri, Director General of the Federal Environmental Agency, FEA, said that the UAE has put protection of environment as a main target for its developmental polices and has exerted extensive efforts in harsh environmental circumstances to ...  >>MORE

Emirates Environmental Group gets accredited to UN Environment Programme

Posted on 01/08/2005

Emirates Environmental Group , one of the country's longest standing pro-active Non-Governmental Organizations, has earned the distinction of becoming accredited to the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme. The honour was conferred on the Group in recognition of its outstanding work for the preservation of the environment and sustainable development. EEG has been actively pursuing the twin goals for close to a decade and a half, and has led many successful, ...  >>MORE

Learning to tackle giant oil spills

Posted on 16/07/2005

Employees from petroleum companies and environment agencies took part in a simulated response to an oil spill yesterday morning on one of Dubai's beaches. The practical exercise was part of a week-long training endeavour organised by the Regional Clean Sea Organisation (RECSO) and SEACOR environmental Services Middle East (SES-ME) to train and share knowledge between oil companies from the GCC regions. Companies such as Saudi Aramco, Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), Kuwait National Petroleum ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi gets new board

Posted on 12/07/2005

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has issued a new decree re-structuring the board of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi. According to Emiri Decree No. 23 for 2005, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will be the Honorary Chairman of the Agency, whose Board Chairman is now the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Khalifa Issues Law on Restructure of ERWDA

Posted on 11/07/2005

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan passed a law that would restructure the competent authority for the environment in Abu Dhabi. The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) will now be known as the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi. Law No. 16 of 2005 with regard to the restructuring of ERWDA states that it will remain an independent entity with full capacity and financial and administrative independence. It will be chaired by the Crown Prince of Abu ...  >>MORE

New chemical free technology can make water, air and food healthier and long lasting

Posted on 02/07/2005

EEG has built up a strong reputation as an NGO that tackles diverse environmental issues and brings them to public attention through a series of wonderful lectures addressed by leading experts and specialists. It has taken the voluntary organization a lot of effort to organize these powerful lectures year after year, bringing a range of local and foreign speakers to a single platform. This year EEG is striving to highlight the initiatives taken up by the corporate sector to address ...  >>MORE

ERWDA launches first issue of Al Dhabi

Posted on 29/06/2005

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) has launched the first issue of Al Dhabi. Featuring informative articles surrounding the chosen theme of Air Quality, environmental news from around the world, and updates on the latest hot topics in the field of environment, Al Dhabi provides readers with a new and unique source of environmental news. In his foreword, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy ...  >>MORE

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Dubai may get first Arab geo-city status next year


Abu Dhabi Future Energy Shell sign agreement on greenhouse gas emission


An environment for future generations


Abu Dhabi school gets first station to check air quality


Mobile veterinary clinic aims to contain disease


Environment protection 'crucial to development'


UAE, S. Korea discuss environmental cooperation


Abu Dhabi plans to embrace clean vehicle fuel


EAD calls for greener thinking when it comes to building


Sama Dubai Honored For Environmental Leadership


Abu Dhabi takes measures to save fragile desert ecosystem


Abu Dhabi to have first State of Environment Report by November 2006


UAE marks World Environment Day


Oil industry urged to give more attention to disposal of chemicals


UAE committed to environment-friendly development: Al Kindi


Khalifa revises articles on federal environment law


Abu Dhabi to carry out major soil survey


UAE has highest 'ecological footprint'


Stepping on eco-friendly gas


Environmental awareness programme launched in schools


UAE leading the way to save the planet


Environment protection is a 'key issue for UAE'


UNEP meetings opened in Dubai


UAE is a pioneer in the field of environmental protection: Madfa


More than 150 world leaders to attend Zayed Prize


Abu Dhabi to free water of chemical


Two UAE projects win total US$12,000 Ford grants


EEG receives Ford Grant


EAD and UNESCO to educate Arab youngsters on water


Environmental assessment report to be ready by end 2006


Laws that deal with development and use of coastal areas are to be updated, Al Mansouri


Environment Agency unveils revamped website


EAD signs agreement with UNEP to develop West Asia GEO Portal


UAE-Germany sign MoU for environmental cooperation


UAE has overcome problems associated with urbanisation


Emirates Environmental Group gets accredited to UN Environment Programme


Learning to tackle giant oil spills


Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi gets new board


Khalifa Issues Law on Restructure of ERWDA


New chemical free technology can make water, air and food healthier and long lasting


ERWDA launches first issue of Al Dhabi